Mega dairies 'a threat'

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

The development of mega dairies in the US is reducing the competitive advantage of NZ's low-cost farming system, a rural banker has warned.

Rustlers hit farm

Lamb

The theft of more than 300 lamb ewes from a remote Stratford farm has highlighted a problem.

Cow disease in Marlborough

Dairy cow

A blood-borne tick-carried disease has been identified in Marlborough for the first time.

Reaping rewards overseas

AT BIT OF BOTH: Andy Russell has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Farming sometimes comes down to preference for Andy Russell who has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Allied's venture paying off

Allied Farmers

Allied Farmers' joint venture livestock company is providing a platform for the company's future growth, shareholders have been told.

Ad Feedback
opinion

Farm cadet scheme needed

Federated Farmers Waikato president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: The conversation around agri-education has stepped up a gear.

The end of the line

There are few absolutes in modern marketing, but when you hear anyone starting to simplistically talk about above and below the line, It's time to walk away.

It's all about the community

More than one 'drongo'

dairy

Marlborough reports cow disease

Dairy cow

A blood-borne tick-carried disease has been identified in Marlborough for the first time.

Mega dairies 'a threat'

The development of mega dairies in the US is reducing the competitive advantage of NZ's low-cost farming system, a rural banker has warned.

IN THE WINNER'S CIRCLE: Kenneth and Rachel Short are the Taranaki regional winners of the 2014 Dairy Business of the Year.

A pure and simple way to win

Feeding their dairy cows entirely on grass is proving to be a winning strategy for a young Taranaki couple.

beef

Living and loving life

Mark Fagan in the cattle yards. The cattle are so quiet they come to his call.

In the deepest darkest area of King Country, Mark Fagan has discovered and farms a slice of paradise.

Big jump in calf cull

NZ's bobby calf kill was up nearly 10 per cent this spring compared to last year.

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

Foreign investment fuels growth

OPINION: Greater transparency on overseas investment would help inform the debate around it.

Sheep

Rustlers hit farm

Lamb

The theft of more than 300 lamb ewes from a remote Stratford farm has highlighted a problem.

Rising to challenge

Rob Tipa reports on how a farming family copes with the extreme conditions of Central Otago hill country.

SMART FEEDERS: New Zealand Ewe Hogget winners Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht.

Smart feeding breeds winners

East Otago farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht are to showcase their top ewe hoggets at a field day.

cropping

Cherry crop light, but bigger fruit

Claudia Crawford
picks cherries at
Cherryland on
Middle Renwick Rd
in Blenheim

Hot, sunny days and not too much rain have resulted in high quality Blenheim cherries, despite a light crop.

Weather hits asparagus growers

Asparagus grower says in his 25 years growing the spears, he has never had such a difficult year.

GROWING INSURANCE: Cyril Brownlee in his new pea and oats crop on fertile flats south of Wairoa.

Growing drought insurance

Drought insurance is one of the reasons Wairoa farmer Cyril Brownlie is trying out a pea and oats crop this season.

agribusiness

Allied's venture paying off

Allied Farmers

Allied Farmers' joint venture livestock company is providing a platform for the company's future growth, shareholders have been told.

Skellerup gets OK for new factory

Skellerup's $50 million plan for a new rubber products plant was given final consents today.

AT BIT OF BOTH: Andy Russell has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Reaping rewards overseas

Farming sometimes comes down to preference for Andy Russell who has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Discovery

'Weak as a kitten'

Marcus and Kirsty Kynoch on their Central Hawke's Bay farm with their three boys, from left, Harry, Benjamin and Oliver.

Don't just presume you have the flu ... wise words from a man whose flu turned out to be the debilitating disease leptospirosis.

'Don't sweat it out'

Central Hawke's Bay vet Richard Hilson knows only too well what it feels like to have leptospirosis.

MORE RESEARCH: A funding application is under way to do more research into the effects of leptospirosis on dairy cows, says Professor Peter Wilson of Massey University.

Disease warning

The insidious and debilitating disease leptospirosis is probably more common than we think.

rural women

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Rural Southland woman Melanie McKenzie, a farmers wife and mother of three, in her little shop where she sells her crafts under the name The Penny Drops, at her home near Edendale.

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

$18m boost for rural women

Rural Women NZ has picked up a windfall $18m from the sale of its shares in Access Homehealth.

Sheep

Woman key in sheep slaughter

Key figure in the slaughter, theft of 16 sheep played pokies while three friends did the dirty work.

Video

Hobbit triples tourist spend

One North Island region sees international spending rise three-fold on the back of the trilogy.

advice

Safety leadership urged

Quad bike, 4wd

Farm owners told they have to set examples for workers to follow if they are to establish a successful on-farm health and safety policy.

Succession is a serious business

Leave the sentiment out of planning the handover of a farm to a new generation, a succession planner advises.

Ready to sign

'Do your homework first'

Farmers need to know what they are taking on when signing sharemilking agreements.

aquaculture

'Story of sustainability'

FISH FINDER:  Yellow Brick Road managing director Rachel Taulelei believes consumers should be able to point to where their food was caught, how it was caught, and by who, and that producers can get the proper value for their goods in doing so.

Rachel Taulelei wants consumers to have more conversations about the seafood they are eating.

Producer chases Asian markets

A salmon producer is diversifying after a year of near-record high exchange rates.

Court generic NZ

King Salmon ordered to pay costs

Environmental groups have won a costs argument against NZ King Salmon in the Supreme Court.